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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (July 26, 2015)
virtual research studies, SON associate dean, Meliora Weekend comedian, Fulbright scholar deadline, professor's Congressional testimony, lane closure, health insurance reminders, farmers market location, tech sale



Study: Virtual Research Studies Feasible

A pilot study in Parkinson's disease suggests a new era of clinical research which removes the barrier of distance for both scientists and volunteers. The research could also enable researchers to leverage the rapid growth in personal genetic testing to better diagnose, and potentially treat, a wide range of diseases. Read more...

Lydia Rotondo Named Interim Associate Dean at School of Nursing

Lydia Rotondo has been named interim associate dean for education and student affairs at the School of Nursing. Rotondo takes on the new role August 1, in addition to continuing as director of the doctor of nursing practice program. Read more...

University Is On the Fringe

From Sept. 17 to 26, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will participate in the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. More than 450 performances and events will take place in over 25 locations, including the Eastman School. Read more...

Aasif Mandvi Joins Meliora Weekend Headliners

Award-winning actor, comedian, and author Aasif Mandvi will share stories from his recent book, No Man's Land, at this year's Meliora Weekend. He joins Walter Isaacson and Kristin Chenoweth on the list of the weekend's headliners. Mandvi has been a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2006 and is currently starring in HBO's The Brink.  Read more...

2016 Fulbright Scholar Program Deadline Approaching

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016 academic year. The application deadline for most awards is Monday, Aug. 3. Contact with questions.

David Primo to Testify Before Congressional Budget Committee

David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and associate professor of political science and business administration, will testify before the United States House Budget Committee on Tuesday, July 28. His testimony is scheduled to begin at about 10:20 a.m. and will focus on the need for a fundamental overhaul of the federal budget process. View the hearing's live video feed here. Primo's testimony will be posted here after the hearing.

Lane Closed Monday on Intercampus Drive

Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Intercampus Drive between Hutchison and Trustee roads on Monday, July 27, as Rochester Gas and Electric crews examine utilities in the area. Flaggers will be on site to control traffic in both directions. Contact Steve Mischissin at 273-4704 with questions.

Reminder: Health Insurance for 2015–16

Don't forget to complete the online insurance process to enroll in the University-sponsored health insurance plan or to waive the insurance if you have your own insurance plan that meets University insurance criteria. Completion of the process is strongly recommended to assure continuity of care and coverage. The final deadline is September 15. Check the UHS web site for more information. Questions should be directed to

Farmers Market Returns to Flaum Atrium

The University Farmers Market will be held in Flaum Atrium on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Keep up with all the market highlights by signing up for the weekly Well-U Farmers Market newsletter.

UR Tech Store Back-to-School Sale

The UR Tech Store announces its back-to-school promotion, including recommended computers, accessories, and software. Receive $25 off Apple and Dell notebooks and a free University-branded sleeve and flash drive with the purchase of a Safeware protection plan. The promotion ends September 11. For details, visit the UR Tech Store website or one of their retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library.

Upcoming Events


Dissertation Defenses Scheduled

The following PhD thesis defenses and public lectures are scheduled in the coming weeks
  • Adam Bosen, biomedical engineering, "Visual Capture and Recalibration of Auditory Spatial Perception," Monday, July 27, Auditorium K-307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Gary Paige.
  • Katie Lannan, microbiology and immunology, "Discovery of New Molecules That Regulate Platelet Function," Tuesday, July 28, Auditorium K-307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Richard Phipps.
  • Steven Hunzicker, electrical engineering, "Quantitative Vascular Elastography: Stiffness and Stress Estimation for Identifying Rupture-Prone Plaques," Wednesday, July 29, Computer Studies Building, Room 426. Advisor: Marvin Doyley.
  • Youssef Farhat, biomedical engineering, "Identification of PAI-1 As a Biological Target For the Promotion of Scarless Flexor Tendon Healing," Thursday, July 30, Auditorium K-307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Hani Awad.

Time Management Workshop

The Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs will host a time management workshop at noon on Thursday, July 30. Laura Robinson, associate professor of neurodevelopmental and behavioral pediatrics, will lead the workshop, which runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Natapow Conference Room  (1-9545) at the Medical Center.

Kearns Center Research Day

The David T. Kearns Center will host its annual Research Symposium Thursday, July 30, from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. in Goergen Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a poster session from the Xerox Engineering Fellows and oral presentations form the Ronald E. McNair Scholars.

Rochester In The News


Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer to Invisibility

NPR (July 13)
Using a set of optic lenses that replicate exactly how light behaves, John Howell, professor of physics and astronomy, created a cloaking device. "If we can guide light around an object as if it isn't there then we don't know that the object is there. It's like Harry Potter being invisible at Hogwarts," he said.
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